We made a point last week of visiting a lovely bluebell wood on the outskirts of Bristol where the bluebells bloom at this time of year – but shh, don’t tell everyone as it’s a local secret.
It’s a great place for a walk at any time of year and I’ve made a handy Google map to guide you to my secret haunt – but if you can’t make it then take a virtual walk through the bluebells with me.
First park in the small car park at Abbots Pool. If you walk on down the track, you’ll pass the lake where you can dabble and look for tadpoles in the springtime.
But to see the bluebell wood, you need to track back to the road you’ve just turned off, cross over beside the orchard where sheep often graze and up the track on the other side.
Then it’s a few minutes past the water trough and the place where the track forks, past the metal gate and up the track to where the wood starts on your right. Go through the break in the fence which is marked as a path and into the wood that straddles the crest of the rise – it’s a favourite with mountain-bikers too.
Now you can see the bluebells in clouds of blue amongst the trees and smell the gentle scent in the air. It’s better not to pick wildflowers, but perhaps it won’t hurt to waft one under your nose as you amble along.
When you get to the end of the wood, you can drop down onto the road and follow the circular walk marked on my map . You go up the track on the other side where the road bends and cross the tall stile, through the beechwood and fields to bring you back towards Abbots Pool.
Enjoy the walk in the bluebell wood – maybe see you there next year.
You can take a look at the Google map here – make sure it’s set to Satellite view for the best effect.
You can see my photos of the wood and the bluebells on my Flickr site here.